Clayton — The Turkey Project, organized by Salem Church of God’s ‘Empty Nesters’ ministry and involving 30 volunteers, continued a Thanksgiving tradition on Nov. 21, giving away more than a combined 500 turkeys and chickens to those in need in the area.
Among recipients were 101 senior citizens in the Northmont community and 20 veterans in Preble County. Another 25 turkeys were reserved for Northmont FISH, a project partner with Salem, to be used in its Christmas distribution.
Those receiving the gifts were identified through Northmont Fish, Community Table, Backpack Food Friends, Fort McKinley United Methodist Church and Salem Church of God. Some recipients came to Salem to pick up their turkey or chicken, while others were delivered by volunteers.
Salem raised $6,306 to purchase the 400 whole turkeys and 102 whole chickens.
“I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the turkey I received from Salem Church of God,” wrote one recipient via email to Salem Church. “A turkey does not seem to be a lot to many people, but it allows me to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that I would not be having without your love/charity.”
Salem Church of God is at 6500 Southway Road in Clayton. For more information about Salem, please visit salemchurch.org or call 836-6500.